FPAM Reaches Over 2000 Cyclone Freddy Survivors in Phalombe
The Family Planning Association of Malawi (FPAM) says over 2000 clients affected by the devastating effects of Cyclone Freddy have been reached with sexual and reproductive health services in Phalombe district.
FPAM Communication and Advocacy Officer, Faith Kamtambe Kadzanja, told Zodiak Online Friday that the initiative follows the disruption of the provision of health services due to floods that damaged two health centers in Phalombe.
Kadzanja said the organization in partnership with the Phalombe district health office is also providing general medical services to people in evacuation centers.
“We would want to ensure that affected people have access to sexual reproductive health services so that they can prevent transmission and reduce morbidity and mortality due to HIV and other Sexually Transmitted infections (STIs),” said Kadzanja.
She made the remarks at Nambiro evacuation camp where people affected by the devastating effects of Cyclone Freddy sought refuge.
One of the clients, Victoria Leyo, lauded FPAM for the timely provision of sexual reproductive health services, adding she was affected after floods damaged part of Phalombe Health Centre.
“I have been longing to access family planning services but to no avail, since the nearby health center was damaged by floods, I am thankful to FPAM,” said Leyo.
Chairperson for Nambiro evacuation camp, Liston Nansongole, applauded the organization for introducing mobile clinics, saying people who could not afford to go to the Phalombe district hospital situated at a distance of over 10 kilometers access the services at the camp.
FPAM has been supporting the provision of sexual reproductive health services in evacuation camps in the districts of Blantyre and Phalombe with financial support from the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).